A baby’s skin is delicate and sensitive. Bathing and skincare for the infant may help maintain the baby’s skin healthy and smooth while also offering a pleasant experience for the mother and the newborn. Most newborns do not need daily washing, contrary to popular belief. Most newborns only need to be bathed twice a week or every other day because of all the diaper changes and cleansing of the mouth and nose after feedings. Baths may be taken at any hour of the day. Bathing before feeding is often beneficial.
As part of their nightly practice, many parents prefer to bathe their infants. If the baby’s bath time is tranquil and soothing, this is very helpful. Sponge baths are essential at first. Bathing in a tub of water should be avoided until the umbilical cord has come off and a newborn boy’s circumcision has healed. I worked as a labor and delivery nurse in a perinatal unit, where we gave newborn infants their initial bath and educated new mothers on how to provide it for them.
I want to write a research proposal comparing the advantages of tub bathing against traditional sponge bathing for newborns.
PICOT: To compare the effects and advantages of tub bathing against conventional sponge bathing in healthy, full-term babies, as well as their mothers’ evaluations of both comfort and confidence. To see which is more beneficial to the newborn tub bathing than traditional sponge bathing in terms of the mother’s enjoyment and confidence in the bath in healthy, term infants.
Stanford Children’s health. Bathing and Skin Care for the Newborn. (n.d.). https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=bathing-and-skin-care-for-the-newborn-90-P02628
For my research proposal project, I would like to examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nurses, and how the pandemic has led to stress and burnout. My proposed problem statement is: “The purpose of this research proposal project is to examine the variables and detrimental effects of COVID-19 burnout for registered nurses in hospital settings.” My primary research question is: “In nurses working during the COVID-19 pandemic (P), how do nurses who practice stress management (I) compared to nurses who do not practice stress management (C) affect job-related burnout (O)?” In addition to this research question, I would also like to address: “How effective are certain stress management techniques and coping mechanisms in decreasing nursing burnout (i.e. coworker support, exercise, family support, optimistic outlook on life in general, spirituality and religion)?”
I chose this topic because in my own experience as a recent new graduate nurse who had been working during the start of the pandemic, this topic is very important to me. The COVID-19 pandemic had significantly challenged the nursing profession during the year 2020, and it has led to severe cases of stress and burnout for healthcare workers. These issues have further resulted in detrimental effects on nurses’ physical and mental health, which could potentially impact patient care, safety, and quality of care. This topic is meaningful in the field of nursing because it includes a literature review of research articles in regards to burnout due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and identifies effective stress management techniques nurses can utilize to prevent further burnout.